U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

In James v. Van Blarcum, 2019 WL 5681334 (2d Cir. Nov. 1, 2019) (Summary Order), the court vacated the lower court’s dismissal of plaintiffs’ race-based hostile work environment claims. Initially, the court held that the “continuing violations doctrine” applied, permitting consideration of otherwise-time barred conduct: Appellants allege that the Ulster County jail has a policy…

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In Ahmed v. American Museum of Natural History, 18-3295-cv, 2019 WL 5302824 (2d Cir. Oct. 21, 2019) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the dismissal (on summary judgment) of plaintiff’s retaliation claims. In sum, plaintiff asserted that defendants retaliated against him for objecting to sexual harassment that he witnessed, in violation of Title VII of the…

Read More Retaliation Claim, Based on Sexual Harassment Complaint, Dismissed Against American Museum of Natural History

In Mercedes v. New York City Department of Education, 2019 WL 4926968 (2d Cir. 2019) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s gender discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. With respect to the gender discrimination claim, after summarizing the relevant law, applied…

Read More Gender Discrimination Dismissal Affirmed; Court Cites Lack of Discriminatory Comments and Equivalent Treatment to Males

In Murphy v. City of Newburgh, 2019 WL 4855691 (2d Cir. Oct. 2, 2019) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s retaliation claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. While plaintiff did complain of certain treatment, her complaints did not amount to legally-actionable “protected activity.” The court…

Read More 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Title VII Retaliation Claim; Disconnect From Gender Means No “Protected Activity”

In a recent decision, Kelleher v. Fred A. Cook, Inc., 18‐2385, 2019 WL 4616715, the Second Circuit held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged a claim for “associational discrimination” under the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq. (ADA), and vacated the lower court’s decision dismissing the complaint. Here, Plaintiff alleged that he was…

Read More 2d Circuit Overturns Dismissal of ADA “Associational” Disability Discrimination Claim

In a recent decision, Gindi v. NYC Dept. of Education, 18-3057-cv, 2019 WL 4254700 (2d Cir. Sept. 9, 2019) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal – on statute of limitations grounds – of plaintiff’s discrimination claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in…

Read More Title VII, ADEA, ADA Dismissal Affirmed on Statute of Limitations Grounds

In Jordan v. United Health Group Inc., No. 18-2268, 2019 WL 4071943 (2d Cir. Aug. 29, 2019) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s retaliation claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Here, plaintiff contends that she was terminated in retaliation for filing a charge with…

Read More 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Title VII Retaliation Claim; More Than One-Year Gap Too Attenuated to Show Causation

In Jordan v. United Health Group Inc., No. 18-2268, 2019 WL 4071943 (2d Cir. Aug. 29, 2019) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s race-based hostile work environment claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court briefly summarized the law: “A hostile work environment…

Read More 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Race-Based Hostile Work Environment Claim

In Jordan v. United Health Group Inc., No. 18-2268, 2019 WL 4071943 (2d Cir. Aug. 29, 2019) (Summary Order), the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s race discrimination claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After briefly summarizing the law – namely, that “[t]o prevail on [a…

Read More 2d Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Title VII Race Discrimination Claim; Absent/Tardy Co-Worker Comparators Were Not “Similarly Situated”

In Menaker v. Hofstra University, 18-3089-cv, 2019 WL 3819631 (2d Cir. Aug. 15, 2019), the Second Circuit vacated the dismissal of plaintiff’s sex discrimination claim asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court summarized its holding(s) as follows: (1) Where a university (a) takes an adverse employment action against an…

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